Saturday, 1 July 2017

GLOW Netflix Richee Review

GLOW, or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is about the start of the all-ladies wrestling show, which first aired in 1986, and the struggles they had making the show happen. Following Ruth through out the season, a down on her luck actress who gets more and more disillusioned by women being over looked for good roles on TV, desperate for work she ends up in an audition for the wrestling show Glow.

The other drama is that of Ruth and Debbie, former best friends, who fall out with each other after she discovers Ruth had slept with her husband Mark. The altercation between the two happens as Ruth tries to get her place back on Glow after getting cut. Seeing Debbie and Ruth fight prompts the director Sam to bring Ruth back on board and to chase down Debbie as the star of Glow, as she had some fame on a soap opera before getting married and having a baby.

The main story is interesting, as we watch these ladies with no wrestling experience learn the basic ropes of bumping and running the ropes to creating characters, along with the classic stereotypes that wrestling had in the 80s. This part of the show is done very well, showing how hard it is learning the basics moves, but could have done with showing the strain the profession puts on the body; as someone who trained for two years in wrestling, there wasn't a week where I didn't come home bruised and sore.

Ruth (Alison Brie) is an interesting and flawed character sleeping with her best friends husband due to her own frailties. She comes off as a very typical theatre character actor, but she grows in confidence as she slowly finds her place in Glow as a woman who had been walked over all her life, and was weak because she was never allowed to grow. As she grew in confidence she started to become more sure of herself. Debbie (Betty Gilpin) works in the opposite way, having been wronged by Ruth and husband Mark, she starts as the sympathetic character, but becomes more of a diva as the show progresses, not really caring about wrestling at the start, dismissing it as fake. When she comes around to the sport, she still acts up, refusing to work with Ruth because of obvious reasons, then other heels for other reasons.

It's an interesting show and a great premise. I enjoyed most of the side characters more then the two mains. Marc Maron is great as Sam, a director of grindhouse style films, again struggling for work. He only opts in to Glow to get his next film financed by the producer. Kia Stevens brings her actual wrestling experience to the show, easily having the best character at the end of the series in The Wellfare Queen, and really stole the show in her first performance for TV out of the wrestling world, even if it is about wrestling.

I enjoyed the series, but it didn't hit home as hard as it should have with some of the more dramatic scenes, and the ending felt kind of abrupt. I can see why it ended when it did, but it leaves a lot of stories up in the air. Final verdict: 6/10-  it's an above average show, but I never got fully engaged in the side story or really felt anything for the two main characters. If you're a fan of wrestling in all it's glorious forms, check it out. Richee

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